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Fortunino Matania was born in Naples in 1881 and died in 1963. By the age of twenty he was working in Paris and soon afterwards moned to London where he was appointed as an illustrator with The Graphic. After three years in England he had to go back to Italy to do his national military service.
After completing his military duties Matania returned to England where he was employed by The Sphere. King George V was impressed with Mantania's work and invited him to cover his tour of India.
During the First World War Mantania was employed by the Ministry of Propaganda. He visited the Western Front several times and his drawings of the conflict appeared in The Illustrated London News and the French journal, L'Illustration.
Although Alfred Hitchcock was given only a limited budget for the 1933 movie, The Man Who Knew Too Much, he knew the technical tricks which could camouflage the fact. The gripping Albert Hall sequence in which a diplomat is about to be assassinated was actually shot in the Lime Grove studio. A painting by Fortunino Matania reflected with a mirror into the camera lens served as most of the Albert Hall audience.
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